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Cindy Poluta shared a heartbreaking tale of how her friend and morning companion had died without her knowledge and how she faces mornings without him now.


Johannesburg, South Africa (21 February 2020) – Before we even start, go and get a tissue and prepare to sob. This story is heartbreaking, you will have a proper cry but you will also feel a love like never before. This story is about a friendship between two people who met on a very cold morning three years ago.

Three years ago, Cindy Poluta picked up Alfred on her way to work. It was a very cold winter’s morning and she took a chance to do a good deed for someone else. Alfred was grateful for the lift and they struck up a conversation. The next morning, Cindy saw Alfred again and offered him a lift once more.

“We chatted about soccer – but always about the weather. Did we think winter was coming? When was winter coming? Was this winter as cold as the last one. I had a vague idea where he lived as I once bumped into him at the local Spar, and on days when it was pouring I’d adjust my route to try pick him up earlier.”

Over the course of the three years, the two developed a friendship, talking about life and their families. Alfred would always let Cindy know if he wouldn’t be going to work because he was so scared she would stop, thinking it was him and get attacked.

At the start of February, Cindy set off on her morning commute but Alfred wasn’t where he usually waited. She thought it was odd because he hadn’t told her he wasn’t going to work. After two weeks, Cindy couldn’t handle not knowing and drove to his place of work to ask about him.

This was the 14th of February 2020. She walked in, asked after him at reception and received the devastating news that he had been murdered. She broke down, shocked by the news and devastated by the loss of her dear friend.

The heartache was too much, Cindy needed to share her grief and so she wrote about their friendship on Twitter. The thread detailed the growth of their friendship and how the very first December, Alfred gave her a Christmas gift.

Cindy and Alfred’s story warmed the hearts of so many people. It is a friendship we can all hope to hold in our own hearts someday. This is their story:

Alfred touched her heart with his generosity and thoughtfulness.

After finding out about Alfred’s passing, Cindy hoped to meet his wife and thanks to social media, they were connected, and Cindy was able to share her condolences with Alfred’s family.

Cindy took her first drive to work without him yesterday and shared all the memories they made together. You can watch it below.

Rest in peace Mmangaliseni ‘Alfred’ Goge, you will be remembered by the friendship you gave and the love you have shared with the South African people.

Sources: Twitter / EWN
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Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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